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M’laya CM seeks special assistance from Centre
Correspondent SHILLONG, MAY 16:
Published on 16 May. 2011 11:47 PM IST
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Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today said that he has sought special financial support from the centre for implementation of sustainable livelihood programmes for the rural masses.
“I have sought special support from the Prime Minister for implementation of the Integrated Basin Development and Livelihood Programme,” Sangma told reporters here.
He said an amount of more than Rs 3000 crore would be required to kickstart the project, which seeks to take river basins as “focal point” of all economic activities in the state.
The Chief Minister said the Integrated Basin Development and Livelihood Programme, is aimed to derive optimum benefit by harnessing natural resources in an eco-friendly manner for producing power by blending time-tested traditional knowledge with modern technology and ensure livelihood activities around natural resources.
“This programme would make living in rural areas attractive and provide alternatives to jhumming (shifting cultivation) and ensure supply of water for irrigation and drinking,” he said,
Not only that the programme would also entail recharge of catchments areas and repletion of ground-water besides making river basins “anglers’ paradise” and also promote rural eco-tourism by involving all stakeholders, Sangma asserted.
The Chief Minister also sought Central support for setting up of a government medical college in Tura besides development of the New Shillong Township and building of a new assembly building.
“The Prime Minister has assured all necessary support in this regard,” he said.

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